Beautiful set of quadruplets arent they but unfortunately the family of seven has no place to call home!!!!!!!
Misheck and Alice Mutasa, the Zimbabwean couple famed for siring quadruplets in May last year,are growing their children in the kangaroo section of Harare hospital as they only rent a single room in dusty Mbare Harares oldest suburb.
When Alice (20) fell pregnant, she was overwhelmed with joy like any mother would and the same applied to Misheck (20) who anticipated happiness as a father for the second time.
Prenatal visits at their satellite clinic turned the joy the other way round.
They did not foresee themselves accommodating quadruplets and their firstborn child in their tiny single room.
The couple was happy to give life like they did before but fate had plans which were not in tandem with their financial situation.
The couple had their eight month old quadruplets Charlene, Charnelle, Chantelle and Charmaine who now weigh 7,2kgs, 6,2kgs, 7kgs and 7,5kgs respectively, delivered May 20, 2014.
The four bouncing baby girls indeed made headlines in Zimbabwe and other countries.
We managed to visit the beautiful quadruplets with Misheck now fondly called Baba Quadie (the father of quadruplets) by nurses in the busy Harare Central Hospital Misheck.
On a daily basis, he walks more than 10kilometres everyday from work, home and to the hospital’s Kangaroo Ward where the family has been confined since May.
Unfortunately, in December he endured all the cold summer rains in the sojourn.
“I have had many umbrellas broken by the wind all because of the daily need to see my children in the hospital. I am thankful that I as accorded the opportunity by the authorities to see my children starting from 6am to 6pm of everyday. That gives me the opportunity to go to the market and sell my greens and buy the few I can for my wife and children.
“It is stressing that I have to be at three places at a single time hence I have to increase my ups and downs. I have to work, be at home to watch over my five year-old first born child Takudzwa who is now being taken care of during the day by my sister’s daughter who is on holidays and here where the rest of my family is,” he said while holding one of the quadruplets.
Misheck has become friends with nurses who call him by various names which praise the children.
“The children are no crawling and it is unfortunate they cannot learn things fast since they are confined in a cot bed in the hospital. They need more space for crawling and do things like any other child and it is unfortunate our tiny room in Mbare cannot accommodate the seven of us.
“It is painful to not that they have never been exposed to direct sunlight outside. I spent the festive holidays in the hospital with them and it is painful that e never did it at home as a family which is different from other years. I wanted to spend the days at a free place,” said Baba Quadie.
Upon being asked if he knew the children in their order, Misheck said the little time he spends with them has forced him to know the first and last ones and was not abled to differentiate between Charnelle and Chantelle.
In her plea, Alice said she wished for the day when she will be eventually released from the hospital which has turned into her home.
She said the four beautiful daughters are ‘imprisoned’ in a cot bed during the day and at night they share the two single beds joined together to create more space.
“I only went out of the hospital once when I wanted to obtain my identification document at the Registrar General’s offices. My daughters have never played outside as they are always in the cot bed where they spend most of the time clutching to the bars on it or crawling.
“When tired one can fall on top of the other and at times they bump their heads in the process which is not pleasant to see. If I take them out they will be all over the place,” she said.
Alice indicated that the hinderance she has was when they cry during feeding since she does it in turns. “They cry a lot when they notice one of them is being fed and also when I bath them. They require a lot of attention which I cannot do alone in the absence of their father.
“I can only cook maize-meal porridge for them in the morning and I cannot do that to my first born child,” Alice said.
Alice jokingly said she knew them in their birth sequence.
Misheck born on February 2 at Basil Bridge in Mutare while his wife as born on September 3 in 1994 at Marange Clinic in the same city.
Misheck was born in a family of several children from a polygamist father who had five wives.
He attended schooled only up to Grade Seven since there was no money for him to continue before he ventured into selling vegetables and taking up any job he could find in addition to vending just to make ends meet.
Mrs Mutasa dropped out of Chapanduka Secondary School in Buhera in Form One after her mother fell ill and she took responsibility of her two siblings.
In order to survive, she also took whatever menial job which came her way.
They met in 2008 in Mbare, dated and they began renting a room in Second Avenue as what he earns from his vending business is not enough to pay rent for a bigger home.
Harare Central Hospital Senior nursing II Matron Mrs Dade Gertrude Pedzisai said the institution had an obligation to look after the less priviledged and were cheerfully accommodating them temporarily.
She said the environment affects the developmental milestone of the children.
“Their growth is affected since most of the time they are in hospital. The environment is not conducive and does not expose them to most things they need.
“They are not accessing free Vitamin D from the sun which is required. They should be exposed to some bacteria outside which is vital for the strengthening of their immune system and not to the current closed place,” said Mrs Pedzisai.
She indicated that they have been facing challenges of satisfying Alice psychologically who expects to go home to her husband.
“The children need to meet the other sibling and the process has been taking long because of their situation which does not permit for that to happen. The hospital is for sick people and not the five of them. We avail some of the basic requirements for them.